Calm Rafa Confident He’ll Have Successful Meeting With Ashley

Rafa had a very positive press conference this afternoon where he talked about the final game of the season against Barnsley at St. James’ Park, which will be a celebration of a very successful season and maybe even the celebration of going up as Champions – we will have to wait and see.

But Rafa was also open when asked about his upcoming meeting with owner Mike Ashley and he seems to be looking forward to it and he said it will be a give and take on ideas and see if the two can meet in some common ground to take the club forward to real success.

Remember Rafa will be very well prepared for that meeting with charts and the whole enchilada – so to speak.

Rafa Benitez – looking forward to Mike Ashley meeting

We feel sure that it will be possible for the two to reach an agreement when the meeting takes place sometime next week.

Rafa was asked if he had the meeting with Mike Ashley yet and this is how he replied:

“Not yet. Hopefully next week we will talk about that. “

“The futures depend on this conversation.” “All the speculation on money and players is not true.”

“We have to have that meeting first. “We are doing our job first, and trying to put everything in place, the club has to move in one direction or another.”

“Hopefully I’ll meet with the owner next week and move in right direction.” “We need to decide money, players” “Nothing is sorted yet”

“I have seen figures in the press that Rafa is asking for that (£70M in Telegraph?). “We are working on a business plan, but I will not be asking for any money.”

“What I expect from this meeting is to talk about my ideas and their ideas.” “We have to see if we can be closer.”

“I am not demanding this or that. I am a manager who uses common sense about everything. “I try to do that here.”

“I have to hear ambitions for the club but at the same time we have to be realistic.”

“I am quite positive because MA (owner)  has seen the job we did and wants the best for the club.”

“I have the same ambition for this club as the fans, but I understand that we need to talk. I am calm and know what we need to do.”

“I have seen figures that ‘Rafa is asking for that.’ I will not ask for money. I will have a plan and give my ideas to the owner.”

““It will be very similar if not more difficult than last summer.” “The money people talk about in the Premier League is amazing, you know what it takes to compete.”

“It will be difficult to decide now and we have to work hard really hard during the summer.”

Rafa has matured as a person and manager since he was at Liverpool and he will work with what Mike Ashley has in terms of money and what Mike’s ideas are to strike common ground.

The reports last year at this time were that the two men in that two (or was it three) hour meeting in the Board Room after we hammered Tottenham 5-1 got on very well.

They seemed to like and respect each other – that’s got to be good and remember Rafa by staying on to manage in the second division saved Ashley from what was another humiliating relegation on Ashley’s watch.

There were few recriminations against Ashley and he owes Rafa for that.

One good thing going for Newcastle is that we still have some good players who Rafa will probably sell and we estimated yesterday that players who do not have a future could bring in about £50M with conservative estimates on players.

And that would in addition to the money Ashley will give Rafa up front.

It will also help that we spent no money in January and when the transfer window opens on July 1st it is the start of the new financial year – a clean sheet so to speak.

The press – the national press – may try to make it looks as Rafa will walk away from the club the club if he doesn’t get what he wants.

But once that game finishes on Sunday he will know and be told by the fans there is just no way he will leave Newcastle United – and of course he loves it at Newcastle.

And the Newcastle fans more than love it that Rafa is the manager of Newcastle.


It will stay that way.

Howay the Lads!!

10 comments so far

  • hibbit

    May 5, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #1



  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #2

    He has put the proverbial ball straight in to Mikeys court. We’ll know exactly what Ashley has in mind for us if Rafa walks.

  • giimps

    May 5, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #3

    These softie southerners have a fortnight off work with a broken flask,

  • giimps

    May 5, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #4

    I hope whatever Fatty does Rafa dont walk, im hoping his business plan will give him the room to manoevre within Fatties constraints.
    Like i said earlier, i dont think wel get the 6-7 players in one window, it makes no snse, hel go into the season with a squad he trusts, proven players who can listen and adhere to instructions as well as a couple of additions to get us better at the top of the pitch, dont be suprised if he retains Anita as cover for Yedlin as he trusts him and he would effectively be free.
    I think 3 players, for important positions Rafa will explain to Fatty, any money for players is money in the bank as the cost of prem players is increasing year on year, there is no amortisation in the premier league if the right players are brought in, they will pay for themselves with resale value and higher league positions.
    Go on Rafa teach him the error of his ways, maybe just maybe he will see the light and make us contenders again

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 5, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #5

    It all boils down to one thing and that is ambition. There has never been a desire to finish higher than tenth or have a cup run, that fifth was a fluke not quite on the Leicester scale but a fluke non the less, that will have to change with assurances that a middle ground can be found.

  • lesh

    May 5, 2017 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes Jail

    Rafa’s playing a very cute game – let’s hope that Ashley agrees that Newcastle United are in a good place at the moment.

    Will he cock it up – again? That is the $64,000 question.

  • JackBall

    May 5, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #7

    We must be realistic about what ambition means. I am sure Rafa has ambitions to be a top 4 team, but he is earnest enough to know that we will not be spending top 4 or even top 6 money. He is probably confident enough, that given a reasonable budget (on par with the the teams just outside the big 6), he could compete for Europe in a couple of years. What that amount is now, given all the increased money, is still a guess. That being said, I don’t think Rafa would even use his first 15 Mil this window on a GK.

  • JackBall

    May 5, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Steve Bruce quoted:

    My Newcastle roots are still there…My mum and dad and my family all live in Newcastle so they’ll be wanting me to do well for obvious reasons.

    Lets hope he does not let mom down

  • Clematis

    May 5, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #9

    New sponsor confirmed…chinese betting company

  • dazza

    May 5, 2017 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #10

    Admittedly most of these come from Teamtalk rumors, FIFA, and Youtube but some good players at clubs we might be able to convince to sell.

    Maguire, Dunk, Tierney, Chambers, Kalas, Garay, Zouma, Tah, Gaya, Grimaldo, Baba, Riedewald, Semedo
    Christensen, Mooy, Keita, Cairney, Grosicki, Talisca, Weigl, Agay, Tolisso, Koziello
    Iheanacho, Abraham, Ramirez, Aboubakar, Embolo, Zivkovic


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